Topic: Mental Health

Pushing for better mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Tina Turner (author), CPL Colin Dadd (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Anthea Baczkowski, a Dental Officer from HMAS Moreton, participates in the Push-Up Challenge held at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane, Queensland. (photo: CPL Colin Dadd)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Anthea Baczkowski, a Dental Officer from HMAS Moreton, participates in the Push-Up Challenge held at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane, Queensland.

COVID-19 restrictions didn’t stop Defence Force personnel from bases across South East Queensland taking part in the Push-Up Challenge to raise awareness about mental health during May.

Blue Tree Project - a Stirling initiative for mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer), LSIS Ernesto Sanchez (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Glenn Askew from HMAS Stirling assists in positioning a Blue Tree as part of an Australia-wide mental health initiative, at the side of Dampier Road on Garden Island, WA. (photo: LSIS Ernesto Sanchez)

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Glenn Askew from HMAS Stirling assists in positioning a Blue Tree as part of an Australia-wide mental health initiative, at the side of Dampier Road on Garden Island, WA.

Garden Island, WA is not only home to Navy’s largest base, HMAS Stirling, but also to unique fauna and flora - including a variety of tree that stands out from the rest, mainly because of its bright blue paint.

Navy gets dirty for mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Reuben Sugars (author), SBLT Harry Joseland (photographer)

After three hours of mud, storms and obstacles Sub Lieutenant (SBLT) Jack Petersen; Seaman Electronics Technician Sean McCartney; SBLT Joe Mikhail and SBLT Daniel Altschwager celebrate a mission well done. (photo: SBLT Harry Joseland)

After three hours of mud, storms and obstacles Sub Lieutenant (SBLT) Jack Petersen; Seaman Electronics Technician Sean McCartney; SBLT Joe Mikhail and SBLT Daniel Altschwager celebrate a mission well done.

Fifteen personnel from HMAS Cerberus Technical Training Faculty braved a course of mud and obstacles in stormy weather to raise funds for Beyond Blue on Sunday 20 October.

No bridge too far for mental health

Published on by Department of Defence (author), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

Defence personnel show their support for World Mental Health Day 2019 by taking part in a walk around Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra. (photo: Mr Jay Cronan)

Defence personnel show their support for World Mental Health Day 2019 by taking part in a walk around Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra.

Hundreds of Australian Defence Force personnel and Department of Defence public servants took time away from their desks to focus on mental health in Canberra.

Hundreds of sailors learn how to ask ‘R U OK?’

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer), POIS Justin Brown (photographer)

Commander Surface Force, Commodore Stephen Hughes, CSC, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide, Captain Jonathan Ley, RAN, and the 'R U OK?' team onboard HMAS Adelaide during the Mental Health Awareness Month event. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Commander Surface Force, Commodore Stephen Hughes, CSC, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide, Captain Jonathan Ley, RAN, and the 'R U OK?' team onboard HMAS Adelaide during the Mental Health Awareness Month event.

Ship’s company of HMAS Adelaide has marked Mental Health Awareness Month with an event to build confidence in asking ‘R U OK?’ Joined by personnel from sister ship Canberra, they learned how to spot the signs that it might be time to have an R U OK? conversation.

Broughhill wins in more ways than one in Tampa

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LS Jayson Tufrey (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Electronics Warfare sailor Leading Seaman Vanessa Broughill, centre, after receiving a gold and bronze medals from Director General ADF sports Brigadier Phil Winter, left, and Staff Officer Lieutenant Colonel Melissa Campbell during the 2019 Warrior Games, Tampa Bay, Florida. (photo: LS Jayson Tufrey)

Royal Australian Navy Electronics Warfare sailor Leading Seaman Vanessa Broughill, centre, after receiving a gold and bronze medals from Director General ADF sports Brigadier Phil Winter, left, and Staff Officer Lieutenant Colonel Melissa Campbell during the 2019 Warrior Games, Tampa Bay, Florida.

Adaptive sports have helped an Adelaide-based sailor overcome mental and physical adversity when she recently competed at the Warrior Games in the United States.

Brave sailor shares story of her struggle

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), University of SA (photographer), PLTOFF Aaron Curran (photographer)

LS Vanessa Broughill is put through her paces at the University of South Australia in preparation for the 2018 Invictus Games. Supporting her efforts are University of South Australia students Joel Dunstan who is studying Exercise Science and Eliza Gray who is studying Clinical Exercise Physiology. (photo: University of SA)

LS Vanessa Broughill is put through her paces at the University of South Australia in preparation for the 2018 Invictus Games. Supporting her efforts are University of South Australia students Joel Dunstan who is studying Exercise Science and Eliza Gray who is studying Clinical Exercise Physiology.

It was during one of the long commutes home from work at Joint Operations Command that Leading Seaman Vanessa Broughill figured out she had a problem.

Seeking assistance key to lifting stigma

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

Acting Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs at the launch of the Defence Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2023 on World Mental Health Day. (photo: Jay Cronan)

Acting Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs at the launch of the Defence Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2023 on World Mental Health Day.

Dispelling the stigma attached to mental health concerns is one of the key aims of the Defence Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2023 recently released in Canberra.

Canine connection breeds wellbeing

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Able Seaman Cryptologic - Systems Sailor Lisa-Jane Manning with her two French Bulldogs, Ari, left, and Cade, at the Naval Memorial Park, Rockingham, WA. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Able Seaman Cryptologic - Systems Sailor Lisa-Jane Manning with her two French Bulldogs, Ari, left, and Cade, at the Naval Memorial Park, Rockingham, WA.

Time apart from families due to postings, deployments or training is a routine part of Navy life, and Navy members are increasingly finding that an emphasis on wellbeing helps the team supplement endurance and increase energy.

Sniffing around for answers on mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Mitchell Hosking (author)

Freya the Husky enjoying the day after being awarded best groomed dog. (photo: Unknown)

Freya the Husky enjoying the day after being awarded best groomed dog.

The Sydney-based crew of minehunter, HMAS Huon had a ‘howl’ of a time raising funds and awareness for mental health by conducting a ‘bring your dog to work day’ at their nearby Waverton Oval.